Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz Joins Industry Advocates for Virtual Maryland Tourism Day
On February 12, Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz joined more than 130 attendees including industry advocates and elected officials for Maryland Tourism Day. In addition to Secretary Schulz, speakers included Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, OTD, and recorded addresses from Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot and President of the Maryland Senate Bill Ferguson.
Among this year’s priorities were funding for the Maryland Tourism Board as well as support for Senate Bill 730, the “Explore Maryland Tax Credit,” which would provide tax incentives for Marylanders to travel within the state. “In years past, we’ve asked for funding, but this year it’s more important than ever that the legislature take deliberate steps to support the industry,” said MTC Board Chair Chris Riehl, discussing the unique challenges the tourism industry faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Tourism businesses are 95 percent small businesses. We need to do everything we can to incentivize travel, support these small businesses, and make sure that we recover.”